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Minnesota Basketball: Gophers Back in Action, Hosting Oral Roberts - OPEN THREAD

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With finals over, Gopher Hoops returns to the court

NCAA Basketball: Drake at Minnesota Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

When

7:00

How

BTNPlus online

After a couple losses and struggling to get by Drake, the Gophers had a week to take care of finals and hit the practice court. This team appeared to need some time to regroup, clean some things up and get back to dominating.

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

  • Defend the Three - Oral Roberts isn’t even that good at shooting the three, but we have sort of struggled. Pitino and staff reportedly watched a lot of film to see if this is due to a lack of effort or execution. Turns out it is a little of both. Hopefully things are being corrected and we see those efforts pay off tonight.
  • Execute Offensively - The Eagles kind of stink on defense. 285th in defensive efficiency, 312th in defensive eFG% and 312th in defensive rebounding %. We really should be able to score on this team, I’m more concerned about executing and perfecting our offense.
  • Rebound - I mentioned that they aren’t very good at defensive rebounding, but this is a team with good size in their frontcourt. I hope we control the boards all game long.

PREDICTION

This is not a great team and I think the week off did some good for this Gopher team.

Minnesota - 87
Oral Roberts - 68